The Board

Honorary Chairman

 

Scott C. Stump

CEO & President

Scott served 4 1/2 years as an Infantryman in The U.S. Marine Corps.
Scott served 6 months in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert
Storm. Scott is a partner with IllustrateMyLife.com and lives in
Waynesville, NC with his wife, Robin, and his son, Scotty, and daughter,
Emmy. He is a member of AMVETS, 19-year member of The American Legion,
as well as a life member of The V.F.W.

 

Bob Adams

Vice President

Bob is a former Navy Radioman with four years of service (1987-1991) and
proudly served aboard the USS Caron (DD-970) leading up to, during, and
after Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. After his military service,
Bob went on to complete his education and earned a Bachelors in Science
Information Technology; Master’s in Business Administration, and Masters
of Psychology. Today, Bob is a proud father of his daughter and works as
an IT Project Manager with the United States Department of Agriculture
in St. Louis, MO. Additionally, he is a 22 year lifetime member of the VFW.

 

Bill Carragan

Secretary

Bill Carragan, BSIT, MBA, has worked in the Information Technology field
since 1996. He currently works as the Director of Technical Services for
the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, Louisiana.
He manages many inter- and intra-agency projects involving the Criminal
Justice System. He also manages all day-to-day technical aspects of his
office.
Bill served honorably in the Louisiana Army National Guard in the field
artillery unit as a forward observer.
He resides in Marrero, Louisiana with his wife Sandy. They have two
children: a son Billy, and a daughter, Carissa. He spends much of his
free time camping with family and friends.

 

Kyle B. Leggs

Design Committee Chair

Kyle B. Leggs is a retired United States Army Lieutenant Colonel who
served 21 years as a Transportation Corps Officer in the United States
Army Reserves from 1986 to 2007. He is a veteran of Operation Desert
Shield and Desert Storm and was deployed to and served in South West
Asia from September 13, 1990 to May 25, 1991. He served as a First
Lieutenant with the 200 TC Detachment and supervised Movement Control
Operations for thousands of soldiers. He is a native of Baltimore, MD
where he has worked as a City Planner for 19 years, and is married with
one son who is a Flight Medic in the Air National Guard, has one
daughter, and one granddaughter. He is also a member of the American
Legion, VFW, AMVETS, NABVETS, and a lifetime member of the MSU ROTC
Alumni Association.

 

Jeff Kurczek, CPA, MBA

CFO & Treasurer

Jeff has worked in the Accounting field since 1996. He is currently
employed as a Certified Public Accountant for Dillard Department Stores,
Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Jeff served on active duty as an infantryman with the 5th Battalion 9th
Infantry Regiment ("Manchu"), 6th Infantry Division ("Light") in Fort
Wainwright, Alaska from 1987 through 1990. Jeff also served on active
duty with the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army
National Guard in support of the 1st Infantry Division during Operation
Desert Shield / Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991.
He resides in North Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife Leslie and
daughter Lauren. Jeff enjoys the outdoors and spends his free time
hunting and fishing.

 

Natasha Kukunaokala Sloan

Public Relations Committee Vice Chair

Natasha is the daughter of Desert Storm and Vietnam Veteran Col
Frederick Helm, and niece of P.N.C. Mike Helm of the American Legion.
Born in Texas, she traveled to many states as an "Army Brat" before
settling in Hawai'i when her father retired. There, she attended the
University of Hawai'i, majoring in both Japanese and History. Natasha
has worked in Sales Management and Marketing for over 18 years; and is
currently with the Esteé Lauder Companies under Aveda, she also Co-owns
a successful plumbing contracting business with her husband. She is a
member of the American Legion Auxiliary and is passionate about Veteran
affairs. Natasha lives in North Carolina with her husband Andrew, and 3
rescue dogs.

 

Kent A. Shively

Design Committee Vice Chair

Kent A. Shively served in the United States Marines Corps and Marine
Corps Reserves from 1985 through 1991. On 1 January 1991, his unit, 3rd
Battalion 24th Marine Regiment, was deployed to South West Asia as part
of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force for Operations Desert
Shield/Desert Storm. Upon returning to the United States, Kent received
an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in June 1991.

Currently, Kent resides in Kokomo, Indiana with his wife Trisha. They
have two children, a daughter, Lauren, and a son, Andrew, who graduated
from Marine Corps Recruit Training in the fall of 2010. Kent is the
owner of Shannon Door Company, an interior door and architectural
millwork supplier located in Carmel, Indiana.

 

Cee Freeman

Design Committee

Cee Freeman is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and
was deployed to and served in South West Asia from August 23, 1990 to
April 1, 1991. He served with the 82d Signal Battalion, 82d Airborne
Division. While attending college, Cee served in Co G 143d Infantry
(LRS) of the Texas Army National Guard. After his military service he
earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Le
Tourneau University in 1998. He is a native of Houston, TX where he is
the Vice President and co-owner of Maco Construction, a Design Build
Construction Management Firm. He and his wife, Kristi have a son Justin,
and a daughter Madyson. He is also a member of the VFW, and a lifetime
member of the 82d Airborne Association.

 

Brenten T. Byrd, M.S., CPS

Communications Committee Chair

Brenten T. Byrd, M.S., CPS, has worked in the mental health field since
the mid 1990’s. He currently works as a Vocational Rehabilitation
Specialist for the Veterans Administration in their Psychiatry
Department. He manages the Transitional Work Program under the
Compensated Work Therapy programs for the Veterans Healthcare System of
the Ozarks located in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Brenten served honorably in the Marine Corps Reserves in the infantry as
a noncommissioned officer and as an officer in the Army National Guard.
He is a life member of the VFW and is a veteran of Desert Storm. He
volunteers as an emergency responder for his hospital’s Decontamination
Team and as a staff trainer for the prevention and management of
disruptive behavior. He also serves on the board of directors as
President for the VA Employees Association. He lives with his two sons
in the Fayetteville, Arkansas area and spends much of his free time
boating with family and friends on Beaver Lake

 

Michael Young

Development Lead: Merchandise and Fulfillment

Michael Young is a native of Des Moines, Iowa where he continues to
lives with his wife, Kristina, of 23 years and their three children.

Mr Young served in the Marine Corps in 1990 - 1994. He served with
aviation units on Okinawa, Japan during the Gulf War later serving in
Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope.

In addition to working with National Desert Storm War Memorial Assn he
is an amateur historian and been running his own group on Desert Storm
history for five years. He is Co-Admin for the Marine Somalia Veterans
Association; president of a 504 non profit corporation that supports
JROTC units in his local community; member of the Access Advisory Board
for the City of Des Moines for the past 8 years addressing ADA
compliance and issues; additionally he participates with the Polk County
EMS on it Multi-Disciplinary Emergency Planning Committee.

Mr Young has nearly 20 years of event and audio visual production
experience. He attended William Penn University and has a AA in
Leadership Studies and BA in Business Management. He is a member of the
VFW and American Legion.

 

Tim Brown

Public Relations Vice-Chair: Website Committee

Tim served in the U.S. Army for thirteen years. His first duty
assignment was with the 3rd Armor Division in Germany with the 369th
Personnel Services Company. In November 1990 his unit was assigned to
the 7th Personnel Group to support the VII Corps mobilization to the
Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield. During Desert Storm, Tim was
attached to the 410th Evacuation Hospital as a Casualty Report Liaison.
After Desert Storm, Tim enjoyed assignments to Ft. Hood Texas and SHAPE
Belgium. Tim was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 2000.

Tim was born at Martin Army Hospital, Ft. Benning Georgia. Both of his
parents were military, his mother was in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC)
and his father was in the Air Force. He now serves as CEO and founder of
Content Chord, a cloud based marketing services company in Alpharetta
Georgia. He and his wife, Susan have two sons; Devin and Liam. Tim is a
member of the American Legion, AMVETS, Life Member of Disabled American
Veterans and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


"Without the commitment, belief, and giving of the following individuals, the first step in creating the National Desert Storm Memorial would never have been taken. We owe them our gratitude and thanks for their belief in this honorable undertaking."

Development Lead for the State of Illinois:

Steve Fixler

Fund raising Liaison for the State of Texas:

Karl Lang

Desert Pathfinders:

Steve & Cheryl Ward
Brenten Byrd
Kent & Trisha Shively
Norman “Chip” Hunt
John & Stephanie Jordan
Jason & Gwynne Spann
Scott & Robin Stump

Congressman Dr. Phil Roe – Legislative Liaison
Joyce Donathan – Honorary Board Member

Additionally as we progress towards fulfilling our vision of a National War Memorial we will be adding volunteer staff. Our efforts would not be possible without the support and dedication of these volunteers:

Emil Abrahamian – Good Will Ambassador
Tommy Fowler
George Stump
Steve Wiehe

and Special Advisor to NDSWM Kumu Gupta

Miss Kumu Gupta was honored with the 2016 President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award . KUMU Consulting which Kumu Gupta heads, was member of the President's Challenge Advocate Program from 2011-2016 (program closed in August 2016 after 28 years and serving 70 million Americans across the nation). Kumu also received President's Volunteer Service Award, "President's Call to Service" (Lifetime Achievement) in 2012 for 20 years of volunteer work in the community across U.S. & as Honorary Appointee to Mayor's Women & Human Rights Commission's, Advisory Board of MA Asian American Commission and U.S. Congressman William Keating's Women's Advisory Board.
 
Desert Storm Vets with Illustrate My Life Plaque

 

Desert Storm veterans holding a customized Desert Storm illustration that they presented to President George H.W. Bush at the International Desert Storm Reunion in College Station, TX, on January 19, 2011.